World Rainforest Movement

How does the FAO Forest definition harm people and forests? An open letter to the FAO

Posted on Sep 21, 2016

Launched on September 21st, International Day of Struggle against Tree Monocultures In September 2015, during the XIV World Forestry...

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Speaking of water, plantations are not forests

Posted on Mar 23, 2016

Dear friends: On the occasion of March 21st, International Day of Forests, the FAO has launched a spot that addresses the importance of...

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The new legal framework on biodiversity and the commodification of nature in Brazil

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The December 2015 Raíces newsletter focuses on the problems arising around approval and regulation of the Legal Framework on Biodiversity,...

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New genetic technologies: corporate control over regulation

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

A report by Corporate Europe Observatory reveals how the biotech industry is trying to shape rules to allow the entry of new technologies...

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Children coping with evictions of World Bank-financed projects

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

An article from the “Food and Environment Reporting Network” highlights an investigation into the hidden toll of World Bank–financed...

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Carbon Offsets and Trading: A logic that violates Indigenous and human rights

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

For the majority of people in the Global North, little attention was given to the details of the recently signed agreement during the UN...

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What “rights” are defended in the Paris Agreement and in the plans with false solutions to the climate crisis?

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

There are many analyses of the Paris Agreement and the reasons why it is a disaster for the climate. One critique is that it does not...

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The Corporate cookbook: how climate criminals have captured the UN talks

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The market-based and techno-fix solutions on the table for the 2015 UN climate talks are diverting attention from the real culprits and...

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Mausam Magazine from India: voices for climate justice

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The India Climate Justice Collective has released the fifth issue of the “Mausam” magazine. This time the focus is on India’s...

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Keep fossil fuels in the ground: a declaration for the health of Mother Earth

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

A declaration to be launched during the UN climate negotiations aims to draw attention to the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground and...

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The contradictions behind the “Zero Deforestation” pledge

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The UN climate negotiations in Paris will again put a lot of emphasis on forests, which are seen as mere carbon stores. One of the most...

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Paths Beyond Paris: Movements, action and solidarity towards Climate Justice

Posted on Dec 2, 2015

By Carbon Trade Watch. After over 20 years of international climate change negotiations, talks continue to move further away from...

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Compilation of 2015 WRM’s Bulletin articles on the “Economy with Nature”

Posted on Nov 26, 2015

For decades, governments and intergovernmental agencies like the UN or the World Bank have been busy finding ways to allow the flow of...

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COP 21 of the Climate Change Convention – Paris 2015

Posted on Nov 24, 2015

The 21st Conference of Parties of the Convention about the issue of Climate Changes will take place in Paris, France, between 30 November...

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Declaration: Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the renewable energy definition

Posted on Nov 20, 2015

  We, the signatories of this declaration, are calling on the European Union (EU) to exclude bioenergy from its next Renewable Energy...

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Together, we can cool the planet!

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

A new video by La Vía Campesina and GRAIN is part of a campaign to highlight the key role of the industrialized food system to the climate...

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Civil Society says NO to “Climate Smart Agriculture”

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

An international statement signed by over 250 organizations and movements from around the world expresses deep concerns about the growing...

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La Via Campesina: Call to Action for UN climate talks in Paris

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Climate disruptions cause widespread hunger, migration and the worsening of living conditions for millions of rural families, especially...

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REDD Alert! How REDD+ projects undermine peasant farming and real solutions to climate change

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

Agriculture is increasingly being discussed at high level forums on climate change that promote different programmes which they claim will...

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Two bright shining lies teaming up: Certification roundtables and REDD+

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

    Certification has been described as the brightest of bright shining lies of the sustainability movement. And in recent...

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Trade deals, agribusiness and the climate crisis

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  The climate talks in Paris in December this year are viewed as a last chance for the world’s governments to commit to binding...

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Honduras: palm plantations and violence under the auspices of the World Bank

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

An article in the newspaper “El País” shows the intense violence experienced by the people of the valley of Bajo Aguán, in...

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Organizations protest against the XIV FAO World Forestry Congress

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

On the occasion of the XIV World Forestry Congress, organized by the FAO in Durban, South Africa, between 7 and 11 September, we, members...

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Tell the United Nations: Plantations are NOT forests!

Posted on Aug 18, 2015

At the UN’s World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, in September, policymakers, industry and others will debate the...

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Call to Action to reject REDD and extractive industries

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Once again, the world’s governments will meet at the end of this year within the United Nations convention framework to supposedly...

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Minding the Miners: Who finances What and for Whom

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

A database called “From Money to Metals” gathers data on commercial and private institutions that aim to profit from mineral extraction...

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New issue of the Mausam newsletter from India: talking climate in public space

Posted on May 6, 2015

The India Climate Justice collective has published the third issue of the Mausam magazine aiming to facilitate constructive and creative...

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World Bank paving the way for a national biodiversity offset strategy in Liberia

Posted on May 6, 2015

In March 2015, the World Bank presented a report that will help mining companies operating in Liberia present themselves as saviours of...

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FSC: Certifying accumulation markets

Posted on May 6, 2015

  For a long time, WRM, along with other organizations and social movements, has denounced the certification of projects that are...

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To reject REDD+ and extractive industries to confront capitalism and defend life and territories

Posted on Apr 19, 2015

Due to the UN climate negotiations -COP20- and the Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change, held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014, over 100...

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World Forestry Congress in Africa 2015: More tree monocultures or more forest conservation for Africa?

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  In September this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing the XIV World Forestry...

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Transgenic trees and Terminator technology

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  There are many reasons why it is essential to oppose the introduction of transgenic trees, such as their impact on forests,...

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Tropical Forestry Action Plan+30: The FAO and the World Bank are at the center of another false solution to the forest crisis: REDD and Climate Smart Agriculture

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

    30 years ago, during FAO’s World Forestry Congress in Mexico in June 1985, the Tropical Forestry Action Plan (TFAP)...

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While FAO celebrates the International Day of Forests, artificial trees advance: genetically engineered “forests”

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

For several years now the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has celebrated the International Day of Forests on...

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United Nations’ 2015 International Day of Forests. Theme: “Forests / Climate / Change”. What change? 

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

Download as pdf here. Also available in Bahasa The aim of this document is to respond to this year’s campaign for March 21 carried out by...

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This is not sustainable

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

This two-minutes video is a rebuttal of the one-minute video produced by FAO for International Day of Forests. The video aims to challenge...

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International Day of the Forests – March 21st, 2015

Posted on Mar 17, 2015

Dear friends, WRM is pleased to announce the release of three new materials that we would like to share with you on March 21, designated by...

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Safeguarding Investment: Safeguards for REDD+, women and indigenous peoples

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

The meaning of the term “safeguards” depends on who uses it and in what context. It may imply positive action in terms of human rights...

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Brazil: The countless problems surrounding the Suzano corporation  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

In late 2013, the international organization Biofuelwatch, in conjunction with WRM and the Brazilian NGO CEPEDES, published a case study...

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Chile: Discredited FSC label continues to legitimize industrial tree plantations  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

The companies Forestal Mininco y Forestal Arauco account for the vast majority of tree plantation activities in Chile, with almost two...

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Declaration of the People’s Summit on Climate Change, Lima, Peru

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The People’s Summit on Climate Change was held December 8-11 in opposition to the false solutions being discussed at the UN climate...

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Brazil: Federal Prosecutor’s Office upholds injunction barring BNDES financing for Fibria Celulose, a company certified by the FSC

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (Ministério Público Federal or MPF) of Brazil has ruled to suspend financing from the...

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What is the biggest REDD+ contradiction?

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

  For almost ten years, a group of banks, corporations, governments and NGOs have been attempting to show the world that REDD+ is a...

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News from the 20th Conference of the Parties of the CCC – Lima

Posted on Dec 8, 2014

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force in 1994, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas...

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Malaysia: Asian Development Bank Urged to Shelve Loan For Power Grid in Sarawak

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Environmental and human rights groups from Malaysia and abroad are calling on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to stop a proposal...

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Forests Plunder: discourse of ‘sustainability’ hides destruction caused by logging

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Industrial logging – the large-scale removal of trees – in tropical forests is a significant cause of forest loss. The...

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‘Sustainable Forest Management’: the ‘change’ that keeps destroying

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  This year, 2014, seems to have reached a new ‘record’ of international declarations in which the signatories commit to...

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Statement of the CBD Alliance to the COP 12 of the CBD

Posted on Oct 20, 2014

Mr. Chairman, Executive Secretary, Your Excellencies, Oct 15, Statement of the CBD Alliance, Plenary session at the High Level Segment...

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News from the 12th Conference of the Parties of the CBD

Posted on Oct 13, 2014

The 12th Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is taking place in South Korea. There are...

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Organization and mobilization against the corporate takeover of the climate summit convened by Ban Ki-moon in New York City

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

More than 330 international organizations, social movements and networks are publicly denouncing the corporate takeover of the climate...

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Stop GE Trees campaign urged FSC to keep GE trees out!

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

The WRM has for a long time denounced how the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) wrongly certified millions of hectares of monoculture tree...

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Grassroots organizations in France alert the participants of the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Safety and Nutrition organized by FAO

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Confédération Paysanne, the French chapter of La Vía Campesina, Friends of the Earth France, and others, reaffirm that peasant...

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Open Letter to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) from the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees

Posted on Sep 7, 2014

The Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees (CSGET) Urges FSC to Disassociate from Suzano/FuturaGene In the next few days, Brazil’s...

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The roots of a forest

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

In March 2014, more than 100 organizations from all over the world requested through an open letter that the Food and Agriculture...

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Manifesto of the women of CLOC-VíaCampesina Peru from the First National Conference of Women for Climate Justice in Defense of Mother Earth, toward COP20

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

In the global level, we energetically reject “false solutions” to global warming. Climate negotiations have become a great...

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The social pre-summiton climate in Venezuela rejected the false solutions to climate change

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela called on movements and social organizations from around the globe to gather in the Margarita Island,...

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“There will be no going back from the climate chaos if we don’t halt polluting corporations and change the system”

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

The climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany (4-15 June) evidenced once again that climate change negotiations are being dominated by...

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Will FSC dissociate from Suzano?

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

FSC Watch . In July 2010, Suzano Pulp and Paper bought the biotechnology company FuturaGene, which for the past 8 years has been carrying...

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The Asian Development Bank’s infrastructure-led ‘growth’ in India and the Mekong region (1)

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is pivotal for creating demand and the conditions for widespread privatization in virtually every sector...

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Alliance for the Food Sovereignty of the Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

The Fourth Special Conference of Social Movements of Latin America and the Caribbean for Food Sovereignty was held on May 2 and 3, 2014,...

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RSPO: fake promises promoting further oil palm plantations expansion

Posted on May 7, 2014

Industrial oil palm plantations have been expanding in many countries in the global South, increasingly in Africa and Latin America,...

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Indonesia – Interview with Sawitwatch about the impacts of industrial oil palm plantations in Indonesia and the experience with the RSPO

Posted on May 7, 2014

With about 11.5 million hectares in 2011, Indonesia concentrates the biggest area of industrial oil palm plantations globally, followed by...

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Indonesia – How RSPO addressed concerns raised against First Resources, one of its members

Posted on May 7, 2014

A short video “Manufacturing Consent”, (4) shows how PT Borneo representatives came to the Muara Tae village on 18 August 2011, asking...

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Liberia – RSPO’s inability to address root causes of the conflict related to Sime Darby’s operations

Posted on May 7, 2014

One would expect that RSPO members also uphold RSPO principles and criteria when they expand their operations on the African continent,...

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Nigeria – RSPO legal opinion ignores core of the complaint against Wilmar International subsidiary Biase Plantation Limited

Posted on May 7, 2014

The government of Cross River State, Nigeria has given the go-ahead for development of large scale oil palm plantations, including on...

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Brazil – Discourse of “innovation” contrasts with a reality of life in conditions akin to slavery for workers employed by one of Agropalma´s suppliers

Posted on May 7, 2014

Agropalma started its activities in 1982 and according to its website, has since grown to become “the main producer of palm oil in Latin...

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Open letter to FAO on the occasion of the International Day of Forests 2014

Posted on Mar 17, 2014

The United Nations (UN) has declared March 21st as the International Day of Forests. For us a good reason to send once again a letter (see...

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PES turns into Permission for Environmental Shattering

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

Content of this article:Introduction– Box: What is being traded in ‘Ecosystem Service’ Markets?From PES to ‘offset’...

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“Sustainable Forest Landscapes”: A new frontier for the commodification of nature

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

In this first issue of 2014, we once again address the subject of “environmental services”. In a previous WRM bulletin on the same...

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Brazil: Voices of local communities in Acre denounce violations in Community-based Sustainable Forest Management

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Photo: Lúcia Ortiz In the business world, “sustainability” promises, among other things, that economic activity does not violate the...

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Warsaw COP19: So much distraction, so little real action

Posted on Dec 13, 2013

By FERN. Although no progress was made toward a new global climate treaty at the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to the UN Framework...

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The COP19 Guide to Corporate Lobbying

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

The COP19 Guide to Corporate Lobbying. Climate crooks and the Polish government’s partners in crime. Published by: Corporate Europe...

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Over 100 organisations call for an end to biodiversity offsetting plans

Posted on Nov 21, 2013

  This press release coincides with the opening of the World Forum on Natural Capital www.naturalcapitalforum.com in Edinburgh. To...

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Flawed Logic: Why forests cannot offset fossil fuel emissions

Posted on Nov 19, 2013

To coincide with the COP19 UN climate negotiations in Warsaw, Greenpeace has released a short briefing explaining why forests cannot offset...

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75 african groups demand obama stop pushing dirty energy through “‘power africa”’ initiative

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

Friends of the Earth Africa. Commemoration of saro-wiwa murder reinforces demand to wean off dirty energy. NOVEMBER 10, 2013 – As the...

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Posición de la Mesa de Cambio Climático de El Salvador ante la fase actual del proceso multilateral de negociaciones sobre cambio climático

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

Only available in Spanish. Este documento plantea los elementos fundamentales de la posición adoptada por la Mesa de Cambio Climático-El...

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Carta de Belem Group Statement in the context of COP 19 on Climate Change

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese in the same file:   Carta de Belem Group Statement in the context of COP 19 on Climate...

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REDD+ and the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and forest Degradation

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

The Global Forest Coalition launched a new report on ‘REDD+ and the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and forest Degradation’...

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Climate Summit: Don’t turn farmers into ‘climate smart’ carbon traders! PRESS RELEASE

Posted on Nov 12, 2013

Media release of La Vía Campesina | GRAIN | ETC Group. 7 November 2013. Farmers produce food, not carbon. Yet, if some of the governments...

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Special section on COP 19 of the Climate Change Convention

Posted on Nov 7, 2013

The 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting...

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Open Letter: The Committee on World Food Security must not allow itself to be captured by biofuels interest groups

Posted on Oct 8, 2013

The 40th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which will meet from 7th to 11th October, will be discussing...

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FSC consultation and complaints procedures: the case of Veracel Celulose in Brazil

Posted on Sep 29, 2013

For many years WRM has been denouncing the FSC certification of monoculture tree plantations. The scale of these monocultures is one of...

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CERTIFICATION – FSC: Certified land grabbing

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

The certification of industrial tree plantations by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has served as a tool to legitimize the large-scale...

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The World Bank and land grabbing

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

In an international context of growing privatization and concentration of wealth, a process that is also manifested through land grabbing,...

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Does an International Day of Forests make sense?

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

The UN, under whose auspices many initiatives to halt deforestation have been launched, is adding another to the list: 21 March from 2013...

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Credibility at Stake – How FSC Sweden Fails to Safeguard Forest Biodiversity

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

“Credibility at Stake – How FSC Sweden Fails to Safeguard Forest Biodiversity”, a new report in English by the Swedish Society...

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Open letter to the UN and its institutions and initiatives related to forest issues

Posted on Mar 1, 2013

On the occasion of March 21st, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as International Day of the Forests (1), the World Rainforest Movement...

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In confronting the climate crisis, what rights should hold precedence?

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

At the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Doha, Qatar,...

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World Summit on Sustainable Forest (-destruction)

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

“World Summit on Sustainable Forest (-destruction)”, a satirical blog on the summit that will be held on March 5th-6th 2013 in...

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FSC and RSPO

Posted on Dec 27, 2012

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a certification scheme, set up in 1993, to certify, based on a set of principles and criteria,...

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Río ‘92 | Río +10 | Río + 20

Posted on Dec 27, 2012

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit, was a major UN conference held in Rio...

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Indonesia: Warning to financial institutions: Don’t Fund Forest Destruction of APP and other pulp and paper manufacturers

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Several banks and other financial institutions around the world have been warned on last 6 November to avoid investments in pulp and paper...

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Food sovereignty, forests and biodiversity

Posted on Nov 28, 2012

This month, while another meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity was taking place in India, we also...

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Brazil: Documentary film exposes FSC plantations as “Sustainable on Paper” only

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

  “Sustainable on Paper”, a documentary film by journalists An-Katrien Lecluyse and Leopold Broers released in Belgium in 2011,...

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Brazil: Continued destruction of forests and biodiversity in the state of Acre, considered a model of the “Green Economy” in the Brazilian Amazon

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

  Over the last two decades, the Latin America and Caribbean region has lost 9% of its forest cover, primarily as a result of...

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Convention on Biological Diversity: Opening the way for financial markets

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

The 11th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) took place October 8-19 in...

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La Via Campesina at the CDB: “Keep biodiversity public”

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

La Via Campesina (LVC), the global peasants movement, have been watching the CBD discussions and in a press release asserted that...

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Gathering support for Indian forest communities at the CDB

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

  In 2006, the Indian Parliament enacted the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights)...

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Convention on Biological Diversity

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international treaty, launched at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. The convention has...

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Climate Change Convention

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC ) is an international environmental treaty, launched at the Earth Summit...

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